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tv   KPIX 5 News at Noon  CBS  December 12, 2014 12:00pm-12:31pm PST

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your realtime captioner is linda marie macdonald. biggest storm in years tears through the bay area and it's still raining. there's a lot of damage and today at noon, we're following two major stories of trees toppling over. this is a live picture from san mateo where a tree is blocking the road. today's rain could be just enough to help bay area rivers and creeks overflow. there's not enough nearly as much activity on the hi-def doppler as yesterday. but the rain hasn't stopped just yet and that could mean more major damage later today. earlier this morning, a tree came crashing through an elderly care facility. that's in union city. and this was a good sized tree and eucalyptus tree came crashing into two bedrooms around 4 a.m. at the facility. firefighters say two residents were taken to the hospital. they are expected to be okay.
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the elderly care facility is now uninhabitable though. everyone living there has been moved. firefighters are now checking other large eucalyptus trees behind the building to make sure they are safe, as well. and right now another downed tree is causing major concerns. live pictures from san mateo where a tree has fallen on a passing car. we're told there are minor injuries. this is on west 92 and all lanes are blocked west of the alameda off-ramp. we are going to keep you updated on this situation. there is breaking news out of southern california. a river rescue happening right now in los angeles. firefighters have a person hanging from a tree in the flooded l.a. river. they brought him to safety. now the swift-water rescue team is searching for another person. and again, a live picture at the crews working to rescue. this part of the river is near an overpass where homeless encampments are set up. let's check the weather now. roberta gonzales joins us.
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the storm not done just yet. >> it's still raining. it's our hi-def doppler radar. it's picking up lots of returns in the form of moderate to heavy rainfall from the pacific ocean moving east. this is unstable air behind the frontal boundary sparking heavy downpours. right now just outside of the fremont area, also along highway 238. if we go upstream a little bit we see more heavy activity there outside of richmond and el sobrante. the green is lighter rain falling. moderate rainfall outside dillon beach and it's lifting north out towards petaluma. because of all the moderate and heavy rain, the national weather service has issued a flood advisory for seven out of nine of our san francisco bay area counties. we'll talk about when the rain is going to end. michelle, frank, that's still straight ahead. the powerful storm caused major damage to a grocery store in east san jose. the view from above shows two large holes in the store's
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roof, which gave way during yesterday's downpour. kpix 5's keit do is live at the safeway on east capitol expressway. and kiet, it's quite the mess. >> reporter: yeah. you know, a lot of these contractors are chomping at the bit to go inside the building right now. they are waiting for the okay from the city inspector. they have to be careful because overnight, a second hole opened up. it is raining again right now and the fear is that this building will continue to crumble. the view from the air in daylight gives us a much better look at the south bay's biggest storm casualty. not one but now two holes. the biggest one about 50 by 50 feet. the roof collapsed after more than five hours of heavy rain. the view on the ground shows a mix of splintered wood with orange and other foods. the building manager for the pet food express next door says the clogged roof drain is likely to blame. >> over a year's time, enough
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leaves and dirt and mud can plug the drains. >> reporter: at 4:00 yesterday afternoon, the roof started creaking. customers and employees fled and one later they heard what sounded like crashing thunder. >> terrifying. scary. just my goodness, i would hope that they would check the conditions of the building before anybody would go in there, you know, like weekly, monthly. we do it at facility. >> reporter: what do you think? >> we're lucky. >> yeah. >> reporter: fernando left the store before the collapse and is graceful to be alive. >> no one can -- grateful to be alive. >> no one can predict the future. >> reporter: the neighboring businesses are still closed because power is cut to much of the strip mall. no word yet on when the power will be reinstalled. live in east san jose, kiet do, kpix 5. new at noon now, bailing out a waterlogged mobile home park in redwood city.
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chopper 5 flew over the bayshore drive park this morning as residents used buckets and trash bins to get rid of some of the standing water there. last night firefighters evacuated dozens of residents as the water was high enough to get in the homes. the massive amount of rain has caused flooding in the north bay. kpix 5's anne makovec is along the russian river in guerneville with more on the rising water levels. anne. >> reporter: and the rain is still falling here this afternoon. the russian river still rising. take a look at some of the flooding here outside of guerneville off highway 116. the river is expected to crest at a little over 33 feet. that is two feet above flood stage at 1:00 this afternoon. so many of the scenes around guerneville look devastating, structures and vehicles under several feet of water, overflow from the russian river and its tributaries. this mini golf course is submerged troubling even for
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the whale. but for the people who have lived here for a while it's a way of life. >> s la time it was just the dine store's -- last time it was the dinosaur's head peeking out. >> reporter: sonoma county emergency officials and the national guard are on alert. they have issued a voluntary evacuation order for almost 300 homes in low-lying communities. >> they need to be thinking about either staying in place making sure they have enough supplies or leaving the area. >> reporter: more and more people living around the river are taking advantage of federal programs to lift homes out of flood range like this one which was just hoisted on to stilts. >> we do a benefit cost analysis on all projects so not all of them qualify on the basis of how expensive they are to do. >> reporter: but the risk seems to recur every few years, the last in 2011. >> it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has lived here. >> reporter: as for the roadways, the drivers of these vehicles were the subject of high water rescues over the past couple of days. some people still take the risk of driving on closed roads.
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others just play it by ear. >> it's okay. that's my boss right there. if he doesn't go in, i don't go in. >> reporter: i think what was surprising to a lot of people is the river rose so quickly. on wednesday before the storm, the river level was at about 6.5 feet. which means it rose about 5 times that level in just about 48 hours. live in guerneville, anne makevoc, kpix 5. the nonstop rain took its toll on highway 1 in marin. the southbound lane between muir beach to muir woods washed out during the storm forcing caltrans to close the road in both directions and you can see it right here from the picture from the chp that the ground just fell away right near the highway. caltrans put up warning signs telling drivers to turn back. officials are meeting today to figure out how long that highway will remain closed. today looks better for travelers trying to fly out of the bay area. this is a live look at sfo where so far, 22 flights were
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canceled. no departures canceled and no flights are delayed. two flights are delayed at san jose mineta, at oakland international airport everything is smooth. hundreds of flights were canceled across the bay yesterday because of the heavy rain. the city of pacifica is asking people to reduce water use. the massive amount of rain has caused problems for the waste water treatment plant. about 3,000 customers still don't have power right now but that's down from nearly 200,000 customers who lost power since the storm kicked in on wednesday night. san francisco was hard hit by power outages yesterday. 85,000 customers lost power during the storm. they included more than 100 businesses on pier 39. rain has slowed down but it's still coming down in parts of the bay area. people were wading through flooded homes today as the clean-up begins.
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good morning, everybody -- or good afternoon now as we transition into the lunchtime. we still have plenty of activity in the form of rain and even a few isolated thunderstorms out at sea. we'll talk about that as the news continues right here on kpix 5.
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tough week weather-wise for us a tough week for the dow, too. another down day in new york on wall street down over 200 points with a little more than an hour of trading left. >> i think the dow is uglier than the weather yesterday. >> i think so. it isn't over yet. we have the frontal boundary, the main energy associated with this area of low pressure,
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behind it unstable air and that's triggering scattered showers in the bay area. i even picked up an isolated thunderstorm offshore. but right now you look at the areas of green, that's light rain. yellow, that's more moderate downpours. and we have had lots of the oranges and reds which means it has been pouring in and around our bay area. right now focusing in on this right here, this is just updated information so it's not as bad as it was just moments ago but we have some showers around highway 280 a heavier downpour right there near millbrae still seeing delays at sfo at one hour and eleven minutes but because of all this activity the national weather service has issued a flood advisory for 7 out of the 9 counties. the only ones not included, napa and solano counties, until 9:00 tonight we'll have scattered showers. meanwhile we still have the high surf advisory in effect because these seas, boy, a lot of high surf generated from the passage of this very powerful
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pacific front. futurecast hit-and-miss showers showers. rain off the santa cruz coast during the morning hours. saturday clearing out. the rain again is on the back side of this frontal boundary that has been providing plenty of rain up to 2" in los angeles. 6" in the basin. now san diego getting sideswiped, as well. when you see all this unstable air mass behind it, that will trigger a thunderstorm and scattered showers. it's cool in the 50s at this hour, flat winds. this is our live weather camera looking at the 580/680 corridor. you see a lot of headlights on because it's raining there. look how slow the traffic is. we'll continue to see a few showers into the evening commute and then a dry and seasonal weekend as far as our temperatures are concerned. hit and miss scattered showers today throughout the central valley, lingering shower in monterey bay and mendocino county.
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and we have snow falling on the fly in lake tahoe although the winter storm warning has expired. so here you go. the storm is out of here. by sunset we'll have residual rain in the vicinity. it is cooler than all month. but these temperatures are actually seasonal in the 50s and in the 60s. the extended forecast: >> sunny saturday, cloudy sunday, rain on monday. cloud cover tuesday and wednesday. thank you. we're going to check in with frank with a special presentation. >> hard to believe but one in six bay area families goes hungry each month. kpix 5 and whole foods have teamed up with "food for bay area families" to raise awareness, food and funds for local food banks.
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larry sly is from the contra costa and the solano county food bank. good to have you here. >> thank you. >> robert, i know you guys did a lot of work at your gim. what did you do to raise funds? >> this year we had a turkey trot and we had over 7500 runners come and take part and raise money for the food bank of contra costa and solano county. >> i understand you handed out turkeys at thanksgiving? >> we did. we went to east and west oakland and teamed up with mc hammer and others and we handed out 1,000 turkeys two days before thanksgiving in the parking lot. >> and i know you raised some money and let's find out, let's check it. how much? >> $7,000. >> $7,000! that's outstanding! >> whoo! [ applause ] >> well done! >> it's a real big help. this is going to mean more than 14,000 meals going out to hungry people in the counties thanks to the gym. >> well done. you're helping out a lot of
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families here in the bay area. michelle, back to you. >> thank you. there is a lot of fresh powder in the sierra. but it fell so fast, the roads were covered making it a slick scary ride. and this is a live look at the golden gate bridge. traffic is moving very smoothly. but there are showers in the forecast. you can get a lot of gray clouds in the sky. we'll be right back. anketing the sierra mountain ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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well, today's tip of the day is going to be is with apples. this time of year is apple time. you got the gala, fujis, there's dozens of varieties. but the envy apple all the other apples envy it. they are loaded with flavor. they are so delicious. when you buy them, you want to make sure they have this beautiful color all the way around. the key thing is, shiny, has to be free from any shriveling whatsoever. and very firm to the touch. store them in the refrigerator. they are great cooked in salads and out of hand and they are great for us. envy apples in the market. if you haven't tried one, now is the time. and i'm tony tantillo, your fresh grocer. and always remember to eat fresh and stay healthy. well, as much as three feet of snow is blanketing the sierra mountains. >> good news. nick janes has the story from kingvale. >> reporter: after nearly 24 straight hours of snow, this mighty sierra storm is finally
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starting to slow down. and it couldn't have come at a better time for sierra ski resorts hoping to cash in on one of the biggest storms in years. earlier this morning at this gas station off 80 near kingvale they were digging out again. this same tractor was moving snow last night at 10 p.m. when we were out here and sure enough, same story, when we pulled up about 6 a.m. the roads were still a mess. so there were a few minor spinouts this morning. the trucker who came from much warmer temperatures had to stop on the shoulder after having a problem with his chains. >> i was driving up from los angeles yesterday. so the weather was a little nicer on that run. >> reporter: how is it so far? >> um, a little tough going right now. >> reporter: the storm dumped nearly 2 feet of fresh snow in the higher elevations. many resorts had to close yesterday due to high winds. but they are expecting a busy day and an even better weekend. at this point, it won't be an easy drive to get up here. in kingvale, nick janes, kpix 5. all the rain in the bay
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area and turned creeks and streams into rivers. the russian river is past flood stage right now and overflowing the banks. >> and as you start cleaning up from the storm, if you have a consumer problem or question, just call our hotline at 888-5- helps-u. volunteers are there right now. >> now jill schlesinger with today's bay area jobs report. reporter: if you have always wanted to work for an organization that is guided by a larger cause or goal, then a career in the nonprofit sector may make sense for you. in fact, with 10.7 million employees, nonprofits are the third largest industry behind retail and manufacturing. according to the 2014 nonprofit
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employment trend survey, these organizations are hiring again. 46% of the groups plan to create positions in the year ahead. that means your best bet may be to launch a job search by researching a large local nonprofit. a good place to start in the bay area is the william and flora hewlett foundation or the david and lucille packard foundation. also, check out the "chronicle" of philanthropy. the site has a jobs page and a new to the nonprofit world section which is filled with news and expert advice so people who don't have a nonprofit background. one last tip. nonprofits are increasingly looking for employees who have business backgrounds to help them maximize profits, cut losses and remain sustainable. i'm jill schlesinger for kpix 5. ,,,,,,
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here at kpix 5 we continue to keep our "eye on the storm" with our hi-def doppler radar. we have had a series of lines out over the pacific ocean roll onshore. one line after another with moderate to heavy downpours at this particular time a little bit of a break if the activity except for moderate and heavy downpours now over the calaveras mountains and encompassing highway 580 where it intersects with highway 84. the national weather service has issued a flood advisory until 9 p.m. tonight for 7 out of the 9 bay area counties excluding napa and solano counties. cooler in the 50s and 60s with scattered showers. isolated thunderstorm, dry skies on saturday and sunday. and coming up tonight at
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5:00, we have a team of reporters rounding up damage in the bay area from the clean-up at a flooded mobile home park to an iconic tree knocked down at pebble beach. that's coming up at 5:00. you guys have worked so hard this week we're going to give you tomorrow off. >> thanks. >> we're ready for the weekend. >> all that storm coverage. hey, sunshine tomorrow, too. a lot of sunshine tomorrow partly sunny skies. >> thank you. that's great. remember, you can always stay updated on our website, kpix.com. happy weekend, everybody.
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>> liam: [ sighs ] kind of knew you'd be here. >> hope: [ chuckles ] how? i didn't even know i'd be here. >> liam: [ chuckles ] just a feeling. >> hope: you know me so well. >> liam: i can't stop thinking about everything that's happened. >> hope: i can't believe my baby's gone. >> liam: hope, is there anything i can do -- anything? >> hope: you're doing it.
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